|Project by ColoradoMtn||posted 09-21-2016 05:08 AM||563 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a cherry wood hand made mallet – not many power tools used. Although fun to make I made several mistakes on this one.
My steps included;
Cut & shape the head
Drilled through the head for the handle
Drilled a hole through the back side of the head & through the handle & secured & glued it with a hickory dowel
Shaped the handle
Drilled hole it handle bottom for a hanger
After sanding i cut leather to add a finish to the top of the handle / head transition
Thinking it would be good to shrink the leather I soaked the head & blew it ! This was a dumb move – it ended up causing a big split in the head .
My first mistake was using a relatively green (cut 8 months before) piece without coating the ends just after cutting it.
Well i liked the mallet and repaired it with plastic wood filler – it looks a bit beat
For kicks I used a wire to hang it
Now I always coat a freshly cut branch to prevent cracking